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“The Last Airbender” will have a sequel in 2011 … just not on the big screen

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Contrary to popular belief, M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” did not completely destroy the franchise. But it perhaps contributed to a decision by Nickelodeon to send “Airbender” back to its animated roots.

The television network announced today that a sequel to “Last Airbender” will premiere on the channel in 2011. Tentatively titled “The Legend of Korra,” the new animated series will build off the mythology of the original series. It does not sound like it will reference Shyamalan’s film at all.

This is good news, as dedicated fans of the series who expressed frustration at Shyamalan’s film never wavered in their support for the original cartoon. In response to my negative review of the film, many fans pleaded with me to spend time watching the original series. And I plan to, just as soon as I finish the superb “The Wire.”

In the meantime, Nickelodeon executive Brown Johnson told the AP that this new series will focus on a teenage girl avatar named Korra, who Brown describes as “hotheaded, independent and ready to take on the world.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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